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| 22 October 2017 2:17 pm

SCFTA Pro-Am Short Track
Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 8: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, OCT. 6, 2017

There was indeed a major dose of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly found in this night’s race, and this reporter will touch on all of those, in that order.

The Good came by way of intense racing, perhaps better that usual, as the Pro class had some invaders who were out to take home the gold. The American Flat Track event was being hosted the following night at the nearby Perris Auto Speedway, and this brought an influx of top riders into town, as they decided to give the local favorites a run for their money at Perris Raceway.

The Bad came by way of Arnie Fry’s heart attack and death at last month’s event at Perris Raceway, and this prompted the riders to take a backward lap in tribute to Arnie. This was the third time this year that riders took a backward-lap tribute; the first one was in remembrance of Zaden Florez, and the second time was for the loss of Nicky Hayden. This one was for Arnie Fry.

The Ugly came by way of the tragic loss of 59 people, and the injuring of hundreds of others in Las Vegas. By request of President Trump, the American flag was lowered to half-mast throughout the country, and that included at Perris Raceway. Motorcycle racers are very supportive of one another when a participant or friend is lost, and this was seen on this night, as Arnie Fry was on the minds of so many.

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A backward-lap tribute to Arnie Fry was led on his bike (55E) by Travis Petton, with Arnie’s widow, Christie Carlson, riding on the back, followed by practically every rider who raced at this event.

A backward-lap tribute to Arnie Fry was led on his bike (55E) by Travis Petton, with Arnie’s widow, Christie Carlson, riding on the back, followed by practically every rider who raced at this event.

The Perris Raceway flag was at half-mast in remembrance of those lost in the Las Vegas tragedy.

The Perris Raceway flag was at half-mast in remembrance of those lost in the Las Vegas tragedy.

Looking pretty in pink, Isabella Mitchell (89r) raced in two classes.

Looking pretty in pink, Isabella Mitchell (89r) raced in two classes.

The Powder Puff class and the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Beginner class were both won by Sierra Hickerson. Isabella Mitchell was the runner-up in both contests.

“I felt really good and had some good races,” Mitchell reported. “I can really feel myself getting faster every time I’m out on the track. I want to thank my mom and dad, Foster Brothers Racing, and Myers Racing for all the help they do for Mitchell Racing.”

Somebody else besides Isabella was wearing pink on this day, for a good cause…

Track announcer Chris Ackerman.

Track announcer Chris Ackerman.

Yes, real men wear pink – just as it says on the tie of track announcer Chris Ackerman, who exuberantly tossed out some goodies to the fans in the stands. This is an effort to harness the power of pink to aid with breast-cancer research.

“I am dedicating my campaign to Alicia Barkman, who died of breast cancer on September 4,” Ackerman announced. “She was the mother of Nick Varner, a young 11-year-old speedway and motocross rider who died in 2011 in an accident at Glen Helen. My partner Steve Evans and I do a Nick Varner Memorial Cup Speedway Race each year. You can read more about why I am doing this (and donate) at main.acsevents.org/goto/crazychris.”

If one doesn’t have a flat-track bike and would like to see what riding one is like, you can always rent one – as you can see on the number plate of this bike that was raced by Kevin “Goon” Lambert Jr. With a couple of riders behind him, Kevin is looking good through turn one. He went on to win the Vet Over 35 Amateur contest.

If one doesn’t have a flat-track bike and would like to see what riding one is like, you can always rent one – as you can see on the number plate of this bike that was raced by Kevin “Goon” Lambert Jr. With a couple of riders behind him, Kevin is looking good through turn one. He went on to win the Vet Over 35 Amateur contest.

Our favorite riders from the Booze Fighters Motorcycle Club are Shawn Chamlee (3B) and Ken Shilling (26).

Our favorite riders from the Booze Fighters Motorcycle Club are Shawn Chamlee (3B) and Ken Shilling (26).

There is a new class on the line-up, and Ken Shilling explained all about it: “The Framer class is [for] any bike with an aftermarket frame, any engine. I was having issues with my bike. Got it working better in my main.”

On the night, it was Fontana Radiator’s Jeff Johnson taking the overall win in that class.

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Wordman Joe Pape is back and badder than ever, with another bike.

Wordman Joe Pape is back and badder than ever, with another bike.

Joe Pape was very excited about his new motorcycle.

“I’ve got a Triumph 500 in an AT1 Yamaha frame,” Pape said. “A big motor in a lightweight frame, and it hauls!”

Pape was also proud to have his dog, named “Baby,” out at the track to support him. Yes, that’s a chicken foot that Joe has, and it’s got Baby’s attention, for sure. Let’s see how Joe does against his buddy Flyn Stone out on the track…

Joe Pape (75) battles his friend Flyn Stone (62).

Joe Pape (75) battles his friend Flyn Stone (62).

Race 11 saw some of the coolest and oldest bikes out on the track. It was time for the Classic Vintage 500-750cc bikes, which featured a duel between Joe Pape and Flyn Stone. Joe Pape boasted about his Triumph: “This thing wheelies off the line, and it’s a slingshot! I waxed Flyn Stone on that thing! Put my head down to the wind and prevailed.”

On the night in this class, it was Jim Ottele taking the overall victory, with Go Takamine as runner-up. Pape took third and Stone placed fourth. No bike is too old for this class, that’s for sure!

On the line for Race 12, for the Open Unclassified riders, is Jake Mitchell (3).

On the line for Race 12, for the Open Unclassified riders, is Jake Mitchell (3).

“I had a tough night and really felt like I didn’t perform my best,” Jake Mitchell confessed, “but thanks to Matt Foster and Andrew Myers for their help and encouragement. By the end of the night, I had some really great laps, and it only got better. I would like to thank all of my sponsors and supporters. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Grant Holmes (1N) and his friend and competitor Travis Petton IV (behind Holmes) shoot of the line in the Open Unclassified contest.

Grant Holmes (1N) and his friend and competitor Travis Petton IV (behind Holmes) shoot of the line in the Open Unclassified contest.

The Open Unclassified event got under way before it got dark. As he has done so many times, Travis Petton IV took the overall win, with André Ochs claiming second and Grant Holmes landing third.

“My technique involves many things,” explained Holmes, who is almost always in the top three. “I participate in a crossfit workout three days a week, which I feel keeps me in shape and very fit for racing. I, along with my dad, are always making sure my bikes are tuned and ready to go. I always adjust my bike to fit the track I am racing. I race and practice any chance I get, whether that be for an hour on a Tuesday night at our local track or on the weekends, when I am able to practice on a friend’s track. I am always looking for things to change while riding that will help me improve my technique.”

Look into the eyes of Travis Petton IV (1) and you can see there’s no doubt he’s got one thing in mind, and that’s winning”

Look into the eyes of Travis Petton IV (1) and you can see there’s no doubt he’s got one thing in mind, and that’s winning”

“My technique to winning races is to have a good mindset,” said Travis Petton IV. “Coming into the race feeling confident and knowing different lines for different track conditions, because the track is never the same and a different line is used every time. Also, a good start is key, so you are already in the lead and it makes the job easier.”

Heading through turn one in the Open Expert class are Travis Petton IV (1) and Matthew Zacher (15B). They finished that way overall, too.

Heading through turn one in the Open Expert class are Travis Petton IV (1) and Matthew Zacher (15B). They finished that way overall, too.

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Brad Rudy (19R) takes a look back to see where the competition is, but he was already in the clear.

Brad Rudy (19R) takes a look back to see where the competition is, but he was already in the clear.

Brad Rudy was top dog among the Senior Vet Over 50 Amateurs. Neal Hartman placed second.

“I was able to get good starts and managed to keep the lead all night long,” Rudy reflected. “I had Arnie Fry riding along with me the whole night.”

Open Unclassified racing with Bronson Pierce (32) and his flashy outfit, on the inside. That’s Nick Garcia (97) trying to come around the outside.

Open Unclassified racing with Bronson Pierce (32) and his flashy outfit, on the inside. That’s Nick Garcia (97) trying to come around the outside.

“It went pretty well!” Bronson Pierce said of his evening. “This was my first time on my new flat-track bike, and it still had some suspension issues, because it was set up for supermoto and we lowered it. Other than that, it was really fun and awesome to be able to ride with some of the top Pros from the AFT!”

Go Takamine of Brat Style.

Go Takamine of Brat Style.

“Be first to be cool!” says Go Takamine from Brat Style. This guy has his custom shop in Long Beach, California, and another one based in Tokyo, Japan. Look at the trick… er, cool bike that he brought out to race. Okay, now let’s see how he does against the Classic Vintage 500-700cc competitors…

Brat Style is working here, as Go Takamine has the inside line in the Classic Vintage 500-750cc class. Jim Ottele is (58Y), on his Indian, took first place. Go was second. Joe Pape, on his hot-rod Triumph, placed third. And you can always tell that Fred Berger (97) is coming, as he uses the old compression release on his Bultaco. It was good to see Berger back in action after being sidelined by an injury.

Brat Style is working here, as Go Takamine has the inside line in the Classic Vintage 500-750cc class. Jim Ottele is (58Y), on his Indian, took first place. Go was second. Joe Pape, on his hot-rod Triumph, placed third. And you can always tell that Fred Berger (97) is coming, as he uses the old compression release on his Bultaco. It was good to see Berger back in action after being sidelined by an injury.

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Kensi Matsudaira (74) raced in two classes on this day. He was the 65-70cc Four-Stroke Beginner winner, and he took second in the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner contest.

Kensi Matsudaira (74) raced in two classes on this day. He was the 65-70cc Four-Stroke Beginner winner, and he took second in the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner contest.

Race three was a two-rider contest between Conner Hickerson (45) and Travis Horn (25). Hickerson took the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Amateur win, while Horn took the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Novice win.

Race three was a two-rider contest between Conner Hickerson (45) and Travis Horn (25). Hickerson took the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Amateur win, while Horn took the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Novice win.

Travis Horn (25) is sliding his mini like a real Pro on his way to taking the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Novice title. We need to get him some competition!

Travis Horn (25) is sliding his mini like a real Pro on his way to taking the 85-100cc Four-Stroke Novice title. We need to get him some competition!

Joey the starter gets everyone lined up, and that includes Clayton Williams (95).

Joey the starter gets everyone lined up, and that includes Clayton Williams (95).

“The night went great!” exclaimed Clayton Williams. “I had the fastest heat race and won it, so I was able to sit on the pole in the main and the Dash.”

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André Ochs (46) leads Clayton Williams (95) on this start.

André Ochs (46) leads Clayton Williams (95) on this start.

“The whole weekend was going well straight from the start in the Unclassified heat and [I] won that,” said André Ochs. “The Pro heat was set up [so that] if you got in the top two, you would transfer to the Dash For Cash. I got a good start and was in second for a couple of laps until I made a mistake and fell back to fourth. The A main for the Unclassified class was great. I got another good start and was looking for a pass on Travis [Petton IV]. I couldn’t make it happen, as I finished a close second behind him.”

First-turn action from Pro racing, and closest to the lens is Bronson Pierce (32) as he goes up against a highly ranked flat-track racer who was visiting: Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23, behind Pierce).

First-turn action from Pro racing, and closest to the lens is Bronson Pierce (32) as he goes up against a highly ranked flat-track racer who was visiting: Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23, behind Pierce).

James Ott (12E) duels with Dawson Schieffer (128), who looks like he is suddenly changing his line to try to pass.

James Ott (12E) duels with Dawson Schieffer (128), who looks like he is suddenly changing his line to try to pass.

Here comes the Open Amateur class, with seven riders entered, including Nick Garcia (97), Chris Osborn (12A) and Neal Hartman (60). When all was settled, Garcia took top honors, over Hartman.

Here comes the Open Amateur class, with seven riders entered, including Nick Garcia (97), Chris Osborn (12A) and Neal Hartman (60). When all was settled, Garcia took top honors, over Hartman.

It’s time for the Pro main! The man with the pink tie, Chris Ackerman, introduces these top riders and others: (from left to right) Nick Armstrong (60), André Ochs (46), Bronson Pierce (32) and Dan Lowther (63). Whoever gets the best start will have a definite advantage…

It’s time for the Pro main! The man with the pink tie, Chris Ackerman, introduces these top riders and others: (from left to right) Nick Armstrong (60), André Ochs (46), Bronson Pierce (32) and Dan Lowther (63). Whoever gets the best start will have a definite advantage…

As the riders in the Pro main hit the first turn, Clayton Williams (95) takes the inside, with Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) determined to pass him.

As the riders in the Pro main hit the first turn, Clayton Williams (95) takes the inside, with Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) determined to pass him.

“I had a little mistake in the main and got pushed back to eighth,” Williams confessed. “All in all, it was a great night, and I can’t complain.”

Always competitive in the Pro main are André Ochs (46) and Colt Foster (84E).

Always competitive in the Pro main are André Ochs (46) and Colt Foster (84E).

“In the Pro main,” Ochs reported, “I started in the middle of the second row. I knew I had to make something come together, so I put my head down and raced! I got another good start and ducked right down to the inside, where I made a couple of passes as the laps went on. I found myself battling with Nick Armstrong, in fifth, where I was able to get the spot in the end.”

“The night went well for me,” Colt Foster remarked. “I had some good battles in my heat race and came out in second, which put me in the Dash For Cash. I didn’t get a wonderful start in the Dash and ended up in the back. I got a good start in the Pro main, but I had spent all of my energy throughout the hot day and ended up going backwards a little bit.”

For his efforts, Foster took ninth place in the Pro main, against some top riders.

With intensity in his eyes, the visiting Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) was on a mission to win the Pro main – but first he had to make his way past the rider in front of him...

With intensity in his eyes, the visiting Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) was on a mission to win the Pro main – but first he had to make his way past the rider in front of him…

… and that rider who gave Jeffrey Carver a good challenge was Kayl Kolkman (98), who has won the Pro main before at this track and was out to do it again. Who would be the winner of the Pro main…?

… and that rider who gave Jeffrey Carver a good challenge was Kayl Kolkman (98), who has won the Pro main before at this track and was out to do it again. Who would be the winner of the Pro main…?

The winner of the Pro Main was Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23), and his presence made this event at Perris Raceway a special one. On the right is finish flagger Rudy Gil, who just handed Jeffrey the checkered flag. Keep on truckin’ there, Rudy.

The winner of the Pro Main was Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23), and his presence made this event at Perris Raceway a special one. On the right is finish flagger Rudy Gil, who just handed Jeffrey the checkered flag. Keep on truckin’ there, Rudy.

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Now it was time for the awards presentation. SCFTA official Donna Edward stands behind little Owen Williams, who won the 50cc Four-Stroke Novice race. Owen is holding a great-looking plaque with Grant Holmes’ image emblazoned on it.

Now it was time for the awards presentation. SCFTA official Donna Edward stands behind little Owen Williams, who won the 50cc Four-Stroke Novice race. Owen is holding a great-looking plaque with Grant Holmes’ image emblazoned on it.

Proud as can be, Jasper Heathfield claimed the 65-70cc Four-Stroke Novice win, ahead of Sierra Hickerson and Owen Williams. Jasper is also proud that Pro main-event winner Jeffrey Carver signed his shirt.

Proud as can be, Jasper Heathfield claimed the 65-70cc Four-Stroke Novice win, ahead of Sierra Hickerson and Owen Williams. Jasper is also proud that Pro main-event winner Jeffrey Carver signed his shirt.

Travis Horn sure slides his mini like no other. Here, he holds the first-place plaque for the 65-70cc Open class.

Travis Horn sure slides his mini like no other. Here, he holds the first-place plaque for the 65-70cc Open class.

Travis Petton IV (left) and Braydin Collie (right) heft their hard-won hardware.

Travis Petton IV (left) and Braydin Collie (right) heft their hard-won hardware.

Claiming to have won well over 200 plaques, on this night Travis Petton IV took three first-place finishes, in the Open Expert, Open Unclassified and 250cc Youth Open classes.

“Braydin Collie has definitely stepped it up,” Petton said of his friend Braydin Collie, “and it didn’t take him long to get into the flat-track style of racing and get used to it. He’s adapted really well from desert and motocross to flat track. I can’t wait to see him succeed and move up to the big bikes.”

After taking second place in the 85-100cc Two-Stroke Stock Amateur race, Braydin wrapped things up thusly: “Saturday night at Perris could’ve been better, but I am not disappointed, because all it means is some more hard work and we will be there. A huge thanks to Woody’s Crane Service, HRP, Maxima Racing Oils, Atlas Pumping Service, Thor MX, S&S Off-Road Magazine, Nice Ride, Limited Access, Express Pipe, 1-8 Racing, the Petton family, and my mom and dad.”

The next morning, Braydin still had the energy to race motocross with the CALVMX here at Perris Raceway.

Mike Boals is pleased with his plaque for taking third place in the Super Senior Over 60 Novice/Amateur class. The winner was Tom Baugh, and Gary Lane was the runner-up.

Mike Boals is pleased with his plaque for taking third place in the Super Senior Over 60 Novice/Amateur class. The winner was Tom Baugh, and Gary Lane was the runner-up.

Nothing is nicer than accepting a cash award with your baby. That’s papa Kayl Kolkman, who placed second in the Pro main after battling with the guy in this next picture...

Nothing is nicer than accepting a cash award with your baby. That’s papa Kayl Kolkman, who placed second in the Pro main after battling with the guy in this next picture…

This guy was the fastest racer of the night, based on his winning performance in two tough events. We’re talking about Jeffery Carver Jr.! He made out like a bandit, with an envelope of money from the Dash For Cash and, of course, for the Pro main – plus a bag of goodies from Lucas Oil.

This guy was the fastest racer of the night, based on his winning performance in two tough events. We’re talking about Jeffery Carver Jr.! He made out like a bandit, with an envelope of money from the Dash For Cash and, of course, for the Pro main – plus a bag of goodies from Lucas Oil.

One might not retire with a golden watch but perhaps a golden hotshoe. For gold is the color of the Golden Years. Vintage racer Scott Kitchen may put this golden metal down around the flat track for many years to come. The rest Scott will have to explain, but you see – he left for Spain.

One might not retire with a golden watch but perhaps a golden hotshoe. For gold is the color of the Golden Years. Vintage racer Scott Kitchen may put this golden metal down around the flat track for many years to come. The rest Scott will have to explain, but you see – he left for Spain.

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: October 6, 2017 (Round 8)

50 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Drake Conner; 2. Kensi Matsudaira; 3. Brayden Reed.

50 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Drake Conner; 2. Kensi Matsudaira; 3. Brayden Reed.

50 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Owen Williams.

50 OPEN: 1. Drake Conner.

65-70 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Jasper Heathfield.

65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensi Matsudaira; 2. Madison Simons.

65-70 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Jasper Heathfield; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Owen Williams.

65-70 OPEN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Jasper Heathfield.

85-100 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Travis Horn.

85-100 4-STROKE AM: 1. Conner Hickerson.

85-100 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Jadon Schroeder.

85-100 2-STROKE AM: 1. Ryder Di Francesco; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Braydin Collie; 4. Colin Petton.

85-100 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Isabella Mitchell; 3. Jadon Schroeder.

85 OPEN: 1. Colin Petton; 2. Ryder Di Francesco; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Braydin Collie; 5. Travis Horn; 6. Sierra Hickerson.

250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Zack Earwood; 4. Jake Mitchell; 5. Conner Hickerson.

BOMBER AM: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Paul Colston; 3. Paul Claybaugh.

BOMBER EX: 1. Jim Lundgren; 2. Joe Steffen; 3. Ken Shilling; 4. Anthony Mitchell; 5. D. Locke.

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED A MAIN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. André Ochs; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Evan Markus; 5. Dan Lowther; 6. Tony Elias; 7. Bronson Pearce; 8. Nick Garcia; 9. James Ott.

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED B MAIN: 1. Matthew Zacher; 2. Robert Bush; 3. Daltin Collie; 4. Jaycee Jones; 5. Aiden Brown; 6. Larry Collie; 7. Daniel Layton.

OPEN BEG: 1. Larry Collie Jr.; 2. Bobby Frankenberger; 3. Tom Sahli.

OPEN NOV: 1. Randy Di Francesco; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Daltin Collie; 4. Justin Simons; 5. Jake Mitchell; 6. David Layton; 7. Jim Brown.

OPEN AM: 1. Nick Garcia; 2. Neal Hartman; 3. Jaycee Jones; 4. Chris Osborn; 5. L.J. Gronek; 6. Justin Hanson; 7. Kevin Neilson.

OPEN EX: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Matthew Zacher; 3. Evan Markus; 4. Grant Holmes.

PRO: 1. Jeffrey Carver Jr.; 2. Kayl Kolkman; 3. John Vanderlaan; 4. Oliver Brindley; 5. André Ochs; 6. Nick Armstrong; 7. Rob Pearson; 8. Clayton Williams; 9. Colt Foster; 10. Bronson Pearce; 11. Dan Lowther; 12. Maikel Dykstra; 13. Dawson Schieffer; 14. Toni Elias; 15. Aidan Brown.

FRAMERS ONLY: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Randy Bergman; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Shawn Chamlee; 5. Ken Shilling; 6. Jim Bandelin; 7. Joe Steffen.

POWDER PUFF: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Isabella Mitchell.

MEN’S OPEN 4-STROKE: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Marc Heathfield; 4. John Girdler; 5. Tim Dughman.

VET 35+ AM: 1. Kevin Lambert; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. L.J. Gronek; 4. Kevin Neilson.

VET 35+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Keith Williams; 4. Robert Bush.

SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Randy Di Francesco; 2. Paul Colston; 3. Barney Stern; 4. James Brown.

SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Neal Hartman; 3. Tom Baugh; 4. Chris Osborn; 5. Fred Armenta; 6. Mike Mosby.

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Randy Bergman; 4. Jim Ottele.

SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Tom Baugh; 2. Gary Lane; 3. Mike Boals; 4. Bill Wright; 5. Barney Stern; 6. Paul Claybaugh; 7. Greg Powell.

SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Jim Kessler; 2. Dan Kane.

PREMIER SR: 1. Gary Lane; 2. Allan Girdler.

CLASSIC VINTAGE 500-750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Go Takamine; 3. Joe Pape; 4. Flyn Stone; 5. Fred Berger.

[For more from this event, please see “The Wizard Works His Magic at Perris Short Track” by David N. Haughs… Editor]

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